“The Healer” opening lyrics “Humdi Lila Allah Jehova” explained

In one Erykah Badu’s collab songs with Madlib called “The Healer” she calls out many of the different names of God:

“Humdi Lila Allah Jehova
Yahweh Dios Ma’ad Jah”

You may or may not have gotten that these are all different names of The One, The Almighty, The Gracious Lord, Our Heavenly Spirit….God.

I looked up most of these, but I’m unsure still about a few. Voila:

Humdi lilla- not quite sure but I read that “al Hamdi lullah” means “Thanks be to God”,
lilla is like Allah- Humdi Lila might be similar to the Muslim greeting: “Asalaam alaikum”
Allah is the standard Arabic word for God
Jehovah is the English reading and pronunciation of the Hebrew name for God
Yahweh is also an English version of a Hebrew name for God
Dios is Spanish for God
Ma’ad is probably the Egyptian goddess Maat or Mayet who represents “the Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, order—law, morality, and justice” (from wikipedia)
Jah is a name commonly used for God by Rastafarians (also derived from the Hebrew)

It goes on to talk about music and hip-hop and Badu talks about how it’s bigger than a lot of things. I think she is relating hip-hop to God and making a commentary on organized religion. But I don’t want to get into the politics of interpretation, thank you.

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3 Responses to “The Healer” opening lyrics “Humdi Lila Allah Jehova” explained

  1. Rell says:

    Well the lyrics in the song are talking about the real hip hop artists (the ones rapping about things of substance….outside of drugs, sex, and money) and how most of them are underground and/or not popular or head of. That’s why i think she says “we aint dead” and talks about being “underwater”. She also talks about them “living through [our] internet”. Which if you look at it, most underground artists get their message out as well as exposure through the internet; you can always get online and find an underground artists music and things like that. Also, I read that Erykah worked on most of her songs at home on her computer and through her iphone; people would send her beats via text and she would write to them. I forgot what else I was going to point out.

    As far as the chorus goes. She wasn’t talking about religion, per se. She was talking about how hip hop is universal. It’s music. It’s bigger than religion in that we have so many different sects in the religious community. Within the institution of Christianity, there are so many different branches and avenues one could take to serve the same God. Within the government, there are many political parties, all serving to “better” the same country. So, Erykah is saying that hip hop is universal. No matter what your ethnic group, politcal party, or ethnic group is, music is universal; individuals from various groups, sects, and organizations all “bop” to the same beat of hip hop/music.

  2. Amandoo says:

    Thanks for your comment Rell. I agree with what you’re saying. I like the info about her working through her iphone! I definitely agree with what you point out about hiphop being universal. The message and content of the songs of quality hiphop artists (usually underground) are usually more insightful and on-point than a lot of media people and other speakers’ messages. And those messages usually get heard, spread, and repeated more. But it’s good music like this that is reaching more and more of the general rap & hip-hop loving community.

  3. Ghana says:

    Hamdi (arabic): meaning praised used to describe someone of high intelligence and exceptional attractiveness

    Lila (Hindu): is a way of describing all reality, including the cosmos, as the outcome of creative play by the divine absolute is an Indian deity.

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